Sustainable Asphalt Mixes Manufactured with Reclaimed Asphalt and Modified-Lignin-Stabilized Bitumen Emulsions

This work aims to develop asphalt mixes with 100% reclaimed asphalt pavements (RAP) as source of aggregates and bitumen emulsions stabilized by amine-functionalized lignin. To that end, reduced-temperature asphalt technologies between 80 and 130 °C were assessed. Previously, processing parameters of emulsions were evaluated by droplet size distribution and rheology measurements. Furthermore, a study combining Pendant drop and Sessile drop (on a prototype polyethylene surface) tests showed that emulsion aqueous phase containing modified lignin would be able to wet the hydrophobic surface of RAP. Manufactured asphalt mixes were characterized according to French design method for hot mixes, including gyratory compaction, rutting resistance, complex modulus and fatigue resistance tests. The results obtained showed that reduced-temperature asphalt mixes could be successfully prepared to meet French design requirements, which would further minimize impact to environment. However, mix design has required a semi-quantitative approach for estimating ‘active’ RAP binder content, by balancing the manufacturing temperature and the fresh bitumen required.


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  • Accession Number: 01672796
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 22 2018 4:40PM